Written by
Leanne Anglo

Published on: February 22nd, 2024

Last modified: February 22nd, 2024

The best time to visit India is winter, from November to March, when most of the country – including the Taj Mahal, Mumbai and Varanasi – sees clear skies and pleasant daytime temperatures that tend not to exceed 25 °C (77 °F). That said, other months are ideal for different destinations and activities like tiger spotting, experiencing local festivals and trekking in the north.

India is an enormous peninsula that makes up the majority of the Indian Subcontinent, so its climate and geography vary greatly from place to place. At any given time, the weather conditions in the northern mountains of Ladakh can be entirely different from those in Kerala at the country’s southern tip – and everywhere in between.

India Month-by-Month Weather Guide


Across much of India, the year can be divided into the monsoon season from June to September, the drier period from October to March and the incredibly hot months of April and May. However, each part of the year has its perks. We’ve put together a detailed climate guide to help you understand the weather conditions and temperatures in India by month.

India in January

Best for sightseeing

January is one of the best times to visit India. There’s little to no rain and cooler temperatures in popular spots like Rajasthan and Agra, with highs around 23ºC (73ºF). It can get a bit chilly at night, even dropping below 10ºC (50ºF). Southern India is also relatively dry and can often reach 32ºC (90ºF).

india, thar desert near jaisalmer:

India in February

Best time to visit Rajasthan

February boasts fantastic weather across India, with plenty of sunshine and low rainfall. It’s an especially good time to go to Jodhpur, Jaipur and Udaipur, as well as rural Rajasthan, as temperatures average a moderate 23ºC (73ºF). Visit during the annual Jaisalmer Desert Festival to witness a vibrant celebration of local heritage in Rajasthan’s ‘Golden City.’

Pichola lake sunset view in Udaipur

India in March

Best for celebrating Holi

March marks the end of India’s peak season, with temperatures staying below 35ºC (95ºF) in most destinations. It’s also the month of Holi, which creates an explosion of colour across the country as revellers cover each other in rainbow-hued powders. This two-day Hindu festival honours love and springtime and falls on different dates each year.

Holi festival in India

India in April

Best for tiger spotting

India’s temperatures start to climb in April, exceeding 35ºC (95ºF) in some places. If you can handle the heat, it’s a wonderful time to see tigers in the Ranthambore and Bandhavgarh national parks. The weather causes these big cats to seek out watering holes and thinner foliage makes them easier to spot.

Bengal Tigers in India

India in May

Best for mountain escapes

May is the hottest month of the year in India, as the monsoon season hasn’t quite set in yet. In the central regions temperatures often exceed 40ºC (104ºF). Head to the Himalayan regions of Himachal Pradesh, Sikkim and Kumaon in the north for cooler weather and beautiful trekking trails.

Dharamshala of Himachal Pradesh

India in June and July

Best time to visit Ladakh

June and July are the rainy season in India, with the monsoons having arrived in full force. This isn’t a great time to visit the south – but it’s the best time of year to explore the northern region of Ladakh, which boasts an arid climate, temperatures around 20ºC (68ºF) and the stunning peaks of the Himalayas and Karakoram.

Ladakh, India

India in August

Best for lush landscapes and river cruises

Although August is among India’s wettest months, it can still be pleasant in some places. The south experiences torrential – but usually brief – downpours, creating gorgeous green landscapes. It’s also a good time to explore Varanasi by boat, as the Ganges’ water levels are high and temperatures stay around 32ºC (90ºC).

Monsoon time in Kerla

India in September

Best for avoiding crowds

September is somewhat of a transitional month in India; the monsoon season is winding down, but it’s still quite hot and humid. Many of the more popular sites are relatively uncrowded, including the Taj Mahal and the historic cities of Rajasthan – just make sure to be prepared for sudden showers, especially in Mumbai.

Woman silhouette in City Palace, jaipur, india,

India in October

Best for sunny, warm weather

India’s peak season begins in October, particularly in the north. The rainy season is over and temperatures drop to around 30–34ºC (86–93ºF), making outdoor adventures and sightseeing much more pleasant. Diwali, the famous festival of lights, sometimes falls in October as well (the exact dates are based on the Hindu calendar).

Canopy and India Gate in New Delhi, India

India in November

Best for traditional festivals

By November the weather has cooled down considerably – with many places dropping below 30ºC (86ºF) – and India’s main tourism season is in full swing. Two iconic festivals also take place in this month: the Pushkar Camel Fair in Rajasthan and Diwali (though Diwali sometimes falls in October).

Diwali Pune India

India in December

Best for beaches and winter sun

This is one of the coldest months of the year, with December temperatures in India getting as low as 0ºC (32ºF) in Ladakh and dipping into the low 20sºC (70sºF) elsewhere in the country. It’s an especially good time to enjoy the beaches in the south, although they can get crowded during the Festive holiday period.

Arambol beach, Goa

The Best Things to Do in India by Season


Considering the vastness of India and the variety of its attractions, it should come as no surprise that some times of year are better for certain activities – and when planning your trip, it’s vital to keep this in mind. Here are a few of the best things to do in India and expert tips for when to do them, courtesy of our travel designers.

February – April

Spot Bengal tigers

February through April is the best time to see tigers in India, specifically in Ranthambore National Park and Bandhavgarh National Park. In February and March the weather is cooler, but sightings become more likely as the temperatures rise in April. Keep in mind that these parks are only open from October to June.

November – March

Relax on the beach

The best time to visit India’s beaches is during the winter months from November to March. At this time of year there’s a much lower chance of rainfall and temperatures are still nice and warm – around 32ºC (90ºF). This is also the best time to go to Goa, a tropical paradise on India’s western coast.

March or October

Marvel at the Taj Mahal

Truthfully, the best time to visit the Taj Mahal depends on your priorities. The popular winter months promise cooler temperatures, but also larger crowds and sometimes foggy conditions. We suggest visiting either in March, which is less foggy but not yet too hot, or September, if you want to avoid the crowds (and don’t mind the risk of rain).

October – November or February – March

Explore the Golden Triangle

The best time to visit India’s Golden Triangle – comprising Agra, Delhi and Jaipur – is on either side of the main tourist season. October, November, February and March generally offer sunny skies and smaller crowds than December and January, while the rest of the year can be uncomfortably hot (from April to May) or rainy (from June to September).

March or October – November

Best time to experience iconic festivals

India certainly knows how to celebrate, and there’s nothing quite like travelling here during one of its major festivals. Visit in March to participate in the colourful Holi festivities, or in October or November to experience Diwali, the most important Hindu holiday. Make sure to confirm these festivals’ dates in advance, as they change each year.

June – September

Go hiking in the mountains

These months may bring monsoons to most of India, but they’re the perfect time to go hiking in the north. From June to September temperatures are ideal for outdoor expeditions in and around Ladakh, averaging about 25ºC (77ºF) during the day. This region can be too cold and snowy to visit in winter, but it’s beautifully sunny in summer.

October – March

Travelling with children

India can be an excellent destination for a family trip – as long as you choose the right destinations and timing. It’s best to avoid extreme temperatures and weather conditions, so October to March is the best time to visit India with children if you want to go to the main sites and cities like Mumbai, Delhi and Agra.

December – February

Cruise the backwaters of Kerala

December through February is the best time to visit Kerala, a verdant and vibrant state in southern India. Hop in a boat to glide through the intricate canals and rivers that make up the Kerala backwaters during the cooler and drier winter months – or brave the summer monsoons to witness the Onam harvest festival in August or September.

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